Bill to boost ski areas advances in Senate

CHEYENNE — Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso says the Senate Energy Committee has endorsed a bill that would amend the current ski-only permitting rules for ski areas on U.S. Forest Service land.

The Ski Area Recreation Opportunity Enhancement Act would give the Forest Service more discretion in approving recreational sports other than skiing. It also clarifies what other summertime or year-round activities would be allowed.

A 1986 law permits only ski-related activities on national forest land.

Barrasso says the bill will boost local economies by giving ski areas year-round business and recreational opportunities.

The Wyoming Republican is among the bill’s sponsors.



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